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Business

  • Drummond moves into Citrus with merger

    By Michael D. Bates

    A merger between two community banks, expected to be finalized in the fourth quarter of 2016, will result in the two Nature Coast Bank offices in Citrus County becoming part of the growing Drummond Community Bank chain.

    Established in 2005, Nature Coast Bank has two branches in Citrus County: one at 1160 N. U.S. 19 in Crystal River and the other at 2455 North Citrus Hills Blvd. in Hernando. Both are run by president and CEO Paul Mellini.

  • On the road again — Bronson trucker a 2 million mile man

    Landstar System, Inc., a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation services, has recognized Robert Plymale of Bronson, as a Two Million Mile Safe Driver. During his career with Landstar, Plymale has driven 2 million consecutive miles without a preventable accident.

    Just to put that in perspective, that distance is equivalent to four round trips to the moon with some “frequent flier” miles left over.

  • Olive grower at Rotary

    Mike Casey, who is partnering with dairyman Ron St. John to plant an olive grove outside Trenton and co-owner of River Run Olive Oil Company in High Springs was the guest speaker at the Chiefland Rotary Club meeting on July 13.

    Casey, left, was presented with a token of appreciation after his well-received talk by club President Jason Kennedy.

  • Backpack meals program helps children in need

    When it comes to important factors in a student’s education and well being, his or her time in the classroom is only the tip of the iceberg.

    The Food4Kids Backpack Program has been successful in addressing Levy County children’s basic nutritional needs outside of the school halls.

    Students take home a backpack on a Friday with seven meals, and bring it back empty the following Friday to receive a refill.

  • Business of Year nominations open

     

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    For over 30 years, the Chiefland Chamber has honored an exemplary local company as Business of the Year. The Business of the Year awards are intended to recognize businesses that stand out for notable achievements and community contributions.

  • FedEx Ground hiring 550 local workers

    CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will help FedEx hit the ground running  when it opens its new distribution hub by hosting two hiring events next month.

    The hiring events are Wednesday, July 6 from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursday, July 7 from 5-8 p.m. at the College of Central Florida Klein Conference Center, 3001 SW College Road, in Ocala.

  • FedEx Ground hiring 550 local workers

    CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will help FedEx hit the ground running  when it opens its new distribution hub by hosting two hiring events next month.

    The hiring events are Wednesday, July 6 from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursday, July 7 from 5-8 p.m. at the College of Central Florida Klein Conference Center, 3001 SW College Road, in Ocala.

  • 150 jobs up at hiring event today

    Episcopal Children's Services will hold a “Meet and Greet” Tuesday, June 28 to introduce the community to the agency which has served children and families in Florida for 50 years but is new to the area.

    Starting July 1, the Jacksonville-based nonprofit takes over administration of Head Start and related programs from Childhood Development Services. ECS plans to fill 150 full- and part-time teaching, staff support and management positions in the three-county area.

  • Rural areas face challenges for development

    Rural areas, such as Levy County, are presented with certain challenges for economic development, David Pieklik, executive director for the Nature Coast Business Development Council, told members and guests at the monthly meeting of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce last Friday.

    “Our challenges are not unique,” he said.

    One in 10 jobs are created in places like Chiefland and Williston, but that figure used to be one in four. Ninety percent of these businesses have 20 or less employees, he said.

  • Colin reinforces the need for flood insurance

    Tropical Storm Colin brought torrential rain and left flooded streets and neighborhoods in his path. Some Florida residents may be dealing with water in their home today, only to realize they do not have adequate insurance to cover the repairs. View AAA Flood Facts